‘Downton Abbey’ Puts British Butlers in High Demand

Jim Carter as Mr. Carter on ‘Downton Abbey’ (Photo: PBS)

Thought the fussy Mr. Carson on Downton Abbey was a relic of a stuffier, more class-conscious era?

Guess again: CBS This Morning has done a piece on the high demand right now for manservants who speak the Queen’s English, partly due to the glamorization of the “buttling” profession wrought by PBS’ popular 1920s-set soap.

It was said that there were 30,000 butlers in Britain during the 1930s, a number that plummeted to 100 back in 1980s. However, the tally has rebounded significantly over the past 30 years to around 10,000, with many British butlers seeking highly-paid work abroad.

Watch the video, which features an interview with a former royal butler:

Would you ever hire your own personal butler?

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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